Archive for May 2015

History Through a Liminal Looking Glass (Part 1)

May 31st, 2015 | By

Part One:  The Unbearable Lightness of Liminality Words & images by Jasun Horsley The Outer Limits (What is Liminality?) Liminality can be understood as providing four different contexts: spiritual or religious, social, political, and psychological. Originally the word was coined by anthropologists to refer to religious ceremonial practices, during which participants were led by ceremony masters

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What does the word “Neoliberal” mean?

May 28th, 2015 | By

This is a rough draft for a presentation to be given at the start of a Panel Discussion at the Left Forum and hosted by the Marxist-Humanist Initiative. The panel will be on Sunday at 12:00 noon (Session 6) in Rm. 1.71 and is entitled Anti-Neoliberalism vs. Anti-Capitalism and will also feature Kostas Demetriou, Alex

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David Harvey, Budd Hopkins/Flying Saucers and Marx’s Critique

May 27th, 2015 | By

This is a rough draft for a presentation to be given at the start of a Panel Discussion at the Left Forum and hosted by the Marxist-Humanist Initiative. The panel is entitled Harvey vs. Marx: On Capitalist Crisis and “Marxist Entertainment” and will feature Andrew Kliman, Brendan Cooney, and Douglas Lain as participants. Michael Dola

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Zero Squared #21: Neoliberalism or Determinative Negation?

May 27th, 2015 | By

Robin James is the guest this week and we discuss her book Resilience and Melancholy which came out from Zero Books in February. Robin James is an associate professor in philosophy at the University of North Carolina and a musician. David Webster, author of Cross the Water Blues blurbed the book. He wrote: “At the

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Zero Squared #20: Pop Dialectic

May 21st, 2015 | By

C Derick Varn is the guest this week and we discuss a book by Russell Jacoby entitled Dialectic of Defeat. Varn is a reader at Zero Books, he’s a long time contributor to my old podcast Diet Soap, and has worked as lecturer on English Literature, Composition, and Intercultural communication as well as a high

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David Letterman, Hegel, and Philip K Dick = Praxis

May 19th, 2015 | By

This is a rough draft for a presentation to be given at the start of a Panel Discussion at the Left Forum at the end of May. The panel is entitled Theory vs Practice, or What is Praxis? and will feature Michael Steinberg, Frank Smecker, and Christopher Vitale as participants. Masha Tupitsyn may also partipate.

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Madness as Ontology-Catching Foucault’s quote mining

May 17th, 2015 | By

This blog post was written for and submitted to the Partially Examined Life blog. I am posting it here as well. – Douglas Lain   It’s probable that one could not find a weaker defense attorney for the Cogito or for what’s called the Cartesian subject than Jacques Derrida. The author of Of Grammatology, Derrida

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Zero Squared #19: Listening to Writing and Letters

May 13th, 2015 | By

Daniela Cascella is the guest this week and we discuss her book F.M.R.L. The book is described as “a collection of fragments and essays recording accidents of hearing and detours of thought in response to the peripheral nature of listening and reading.” Kristen Kreider, author of Poetics and Place, blurbed the book as follows: “This

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Radical Publishing and Contradictions in Clickbait

May 11th, 2015 | By

This is a rough draft for a presentation to be given at the start of a Panel Discussion at the Left Forum at the end of May. The panel is entitled Radical Publishing: Contradictions in Clickbait and will feature Aaron Leonard, Michael Thomsen, and Johan Kugelberg as participants. I (Douglas Lain) will be the moderator

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The Real Thing: Zero Books Capital Reading Group

May 10th, 2015 | By

Emeritus professor Andrew Kliman and philosophy kid Andy Marshall join Douglas Lain for another discussion of Marx’s Capital, Volume One.